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Review of Los Angeles Rock N Roll Half Marathon by crystal

Posted by: on February, 29 2012

This review is for the Inaugural Rock n Roll Los Angeles half marathon that took place in 2010. I had heard horror stories of Rock n Roll Inaugural events, so I went into this race with a bit of skepticism. As it turned out, I need not have worried. In 2010, this race was a point to point race, starting at Griffith Park and ending at LA Live. Parking was available at the LA convention center, and it was a short walk to LA Live, where we had to take buses to the start at Griffith Park. It was a 15 minute ride to Griffith Park, and we had to hike up a small hill to get to the UPS gear drop off trucks. Port a potties were plenty along the corrals and we did not have to wait long. The corrals were not really monitored, so you did not necessarily have to go to your own corral.
Race start went smoothly, and we were off through Griffith Park. The course was pleasant despite a few hills, and I enjoyed the live music throughout the race. Running the final leg through downtown LA was great! I did not stay to enjoy the post-race festivities, but it looked like it was well set-up.
I thought this was a very well run inaugural race, especially for Rock n Roll. I liked the point to point course, and did not mind the buses. In 2011 they switched to a loop course that just did not look as exciting, although I did not run it so I can not say for sure.
In 2010, they had unisex tech shirts, but in 2011 they had gender specific ones! Rock on!